Thursday, October 11, 2012

working with a master

in 1997 i attended a wonderful workshop
we worked with pina
so 
when aimee lee told me asao 
was coming to the u.s.
and I found that he would be teaching in syracuse
i asked holly greenberg about it 
and received a gracious invitation to
sit in on the class.
so i drove down yesterday
 asao creates magic: a table full of color
(pigments, dyes)
 placed  by asao shimura
master papermaker
 who is on his kon'nyaku tour
 so we ogled the dyes and pigments he prepared
and used them
asao wearing pina shifu
up close
asao clothed in shifu with dyed paper yarns
bengara (for jean)
holly and a sutra by asao
printing 
kon'nyaku thickened pigments and dyes
holly's papermaking students got to play
with the "paste"
genevieve nordmark
a lover of hand papermaking
and a friend 
who may find her way to my mill sometime soon
some of her lovely paper
working into her paper with kon'nyaku and pigment
coating sheets with kon'nyaku
the lime cook
a short immersion
rinse and dry
printing blocks
and a final note:
pina spun paper, colors to dye for.
i almost jumped over the table for these treasures.
it was a good day.
making marks, making friends.

20 comments:

onesmallstitch said...

oh, yes I'm on a bengara mission - but I love them ALL. what a fabulous workshop, such an opportunity to work with a master/true sensei

Velma Bolyard said...

jean, it was a terrific day, i learned so much, and have so much to experiment with on my own.

onesmallstitch said...

I got so excited seeing the bengara/dyes that I didn't mention the pina shifu - now that is something to really get excited about.
wonder if I could just stop eating, sleeping, cleaning and gardening and get on with the important things?

Velma Bolyard said...

me, too, jean. that pina shifu is superb. now, maybe i should dig out my pina paper and see about making some shifu with that. hmmm.

india flint said...

ooh lucky you

ronnie said...

I don't know where to start! so many words that sound delicious (yet i have no idea what they mean) - those paper yarns and pots of colour (swoooooooon!)

Lisa said...

I'm in his Cleveland workshop. Can't wait! Thanks for the preview.

Velma Bolyard said...

india, yep!
ronnie, exactly how i felt when he laid out the colors!
lucky lisa, be prepared to learn, quietly, and well.

henrietta (aka ani aka zani) said...

oh i can imagine that it was a very peaceful day and there must still be that inner glow of warmth one feels when one has done something that one truly loves...glad you had that moment.

neki desu said...

wonderful!! now i have to source konyaku

aimee said...

you are the most wonderful storyteller! thank you for doing this, all of it.

Velma Bolyard said...

henrietta, you said it perfectly
neki, yes, you could check with aimee-
aimee, you are so welcome, my dear. it was a pleasure, really.

Penny Berens said...

Wonderful....what a gem of a day.

Velma Bolyard said...

penny, it sure was

Barry said...

V-always such a joy to see and be involved with the masters. It looks like you all had such an opportunity. B

Fiona Dempster said...

What a special day - of quiet delight.

Velma Bolyard said...

barry and fiona, it was indeed a special day

Judy Martin said...

I loved reading about this workshop and viewing your illustrations of it. Those pigments and dyes in the small dishes are very inspiring.
Well, everything was.
Best wishes.

blandina said...

A very enjoyable post, I loved every phrase and every picture.
I wish this sensei would come to this part of the world too.

Velma Bolyard said...

judy, thanks. it was very simple, very huge/profound. asao is a treasure.
blandina, i'm glad! i know what you mean--it's been 15 years since he was here.

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